18th Annual Duke Startup Challenge Grand Finale @ The Fuqua School of Business, Durham [14 September]

18th Annual Duke Startup Challenge Grand Finale

19:00 - 21:00

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The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive, Box 90120, Durham, North Carolina 27708
Please join us for the 18th Annual Duke Startup Challenge: Grand Finale Event with Josh Sommer! At the Grand Finale event, our top teams will give their final pitch, and one will win the $50,000 Grand Prize. The audience help select the winner for an Audience Choice Award of $1,000!

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7pm
Geneen Auditorium, Fuqua School of Business

Open to all Duke students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community guests.

6:45pm — Doors Open
7:00pm — Event Starts
Post Event — Networking at the JB Duke Hotel Main Lobby Bar

Read more about Josh Sommer: entrepreneurship.duke.edu/associate/josh-sommer/

The Duke Startup Challenge is a year-long entrepreneurship competition with an entry pool of over 100 Duke student teams, and a judging pool of about 800 Duke alumni. After elimination rounds through the year and participation in the Duke Startup Challenge Summer, seven teams remain.

If you can't join us in person, watch our livestream on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/eshipatduke

The seven finalist teams include:

Brainbuild automates nutrition planning to tackle the two most essential questions when it comes to fueling your body: what do you eat, and when you do it? Our technology analyzes personal and training schedules to plan out all of an individual’s meals and snacks each day. The Brainbuild mobile app sends real-time reminders paired with lists of food suggestions with the correct nutrient combination for that particular event for the user to choose from.

• Joseph Lam, Trinity 2017, [email protected]
• Brendan O’Brien, Pratt 2016, [email protected]
• Location: Durham, NC
• Track: Internet, IT & Media

Flower Child Remedies
In today’s $79B global hair industry, products are used that cause unknown damage to hair. This damage ranges from causing hair to break off and dry up to disrupting hormones and causing cancer. This is a problem that affects anyone who uses major shampoo and conditioning hair products.

Our solution to this problem is using completely natural materials to make our hair products. All of the ingredients we use to make our products are pure and are actually edible. We have done extensive research on each of our ingredients to ensure that everything we use promotes hair growth and thicker, better moisturized hair.

This product is especially important in the natural hair community (a $774M industry) because when women transition to no longer chemically straightening their hair they begin to take added precaution into what goes into it. This product allows women to know exactly what is going into their hair and what benefits it will have. We will also have a deep conditioner customization feature so women can pick what ingredients they want in their conditioner based on what outcome they're looking for in their hair. This empowers them to not only choose what they’re putting in their hair but gives them the peace of mind to know that it’s so safe it could be eaten.

• Tiana Horn, Trinity 2017, [email protected]
• Bryanna Harrington, Rider University 2018, [email protected]
• Location: Durham, NC
• Track: Other Products & Services

GO Leafe
GO Leafe produces Graphene — a revolutionary material that is a million times thinner than paper, 1000 times more conductive than copper, and 200 times stronger than structural steel. It can be used in applications ranging from energy generation to tissue engineering. Its lightweight, thin, and flexible composition has sparked scientists to begin calling it the “wonder material” of our time. Graphene is a one-atom thick layer of carbon. To put that in perspective, a sheet of Graphene as thick as saran wrap would take the weight of an elephant to puncture.

• Arsheen Allam, Fuqua 2018, [email protected]
• Meagan Pagliara, Fuqua 2017, [email protected]
• Location: Morrisville, NC
• Track: Clean Energy

kēlaHealth is a cloud-based software-as-a-service health informatics technology company that uses machine learning for predicting surgery complication risk and deploying risk modification interventions for surgical providers. Currently, 15 percent of 50 million surgeries performed in the US results in a surgical complication. Each complication costs hospitals and payors an average of $12,000 per occurrence, but half of all complications are potentially avoidable. Hospitals have tremendous financial and regulatory incentives to reduce avoidable surgical complications because of narrowing profit margins and increasing pressures to comply with value-based care models.

We know from our own experience and from the medical literature that the fundamental causes of avoidable surgical complication are (1) the limited human capacity for accurate and objective risk assessment, (2) the individual variability in preventative practices, and (3) the lack of efficient and unobtrusive mechanisms for implementing best-practice hospital-wide protocols. kēlaHealth addresses these problems by deploying accurate individual risk predictions using state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms at the point-of-care, linking individual risk factors with best-practice interventions, and providing a platform for hospital quality committees to standardize care and disseminate new protocols.

kēlaHealth is unique in health predictive analytics field in that we produce actionable interventions beyond simple risk stratification that fits into existing surgeon workflows. Furthermore, our underlying technology not only makes precise predictions ‘out of the box,’ it will continually learn and improve these predictions by adapting them to individual hospital’s conditions over time. Finally, through automatic intervention tracking, we also provide administrative insight into clinical management patterns and resulting patient outcomes. With kēlaHealth, our mission is to bring precision medicine to surgery and implement quality perioperative care for every patient.

• Bora Chang, Duke University School of Medicine 2017, [email protected]
• Jeff (Zhifei) Sun, Duke University Graduate Medical Education Program, 2017, [email protected]
• Ouwen Huang, Duke University School of Medicine, 2020, [email protected]
• Elizabeth Lorenzi, Duke University Department of Statistical Science, 2018, [email protected]
• Location: Durham, NC
• Track: Healthcare & Life Sciences

LivingLAB is a platform for helping tenants find roommates and groups of roommates find rental properties. Tenants get value from easily finding roommates in high quality housing that is less expensive than an apartment and completely furnished. Landlords receive value through diversifying risk across many tenants and higher cumulative rents. We have implemented this idea on seven properties and raised returns on rental properties by 48% on average.

• Mitchel Gorecki, Fuqua 2018, [email protected]
• Sofia Rodriguez, Fuqua 2018, [email protected]
• Carlos Chaya Del Pino, Fuqua 2018, [email protected]
• Luis Aleixandre Riobueno, Fuqua 2018, [email protected]
• Location: Durham, NC
• Track: Internet, IT, and media

MedServe is a Teach for America for healthcare. It aims to create a generation of passionate advocates for health equity in every zip code. To do so, it operates a two-year community service fellowship in rural and underserved community primary care for young people between college and medical school. MedServe Fellows are selected for having a spark of interest and high potential for future primary care service. During their two years in MedServe, this spark of interest is ignited through a dual role where Fellows spend half of their time gaining vital clinical experience for their future application to graduate school and half of their time conducting community-facing work that shows the impact of high-quality primary care on entire communities. Our organization supports this experience through up-front Fellow training and ongoing professional development support and mentorship.

• Patrick O'Shea, Fuqua 2017, [email protected]
• Laura Guidera, Trinity 2018, [email protected]
• Priyanka Venkannagari, Trinity 2017, [email protected]
• Location: Durham, NC
• Track: Social Enterprises

Ungraded Produce
In the United States, 40 percent of all produced food goes uneaten. A number of practices contribute to this statistic. First, supermarkets have aesthetic standards for the produce that they purchase, so fruit and vegetables that do not conform to these criteria seldom get harvested, regardless of their nutritional content. Additionally, commercial retailers discard food in bulk as it approaches the sell-by date. These wasteful practices have significant environmental impact. When food rots in landfills, it expels methane, a greenhouse gas 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The concurrence of food waste and hunger adds another layer of complexity to the issue; as farmers discard crops in bulk, 48.1 million Americans live in food insecure households.

The environmental and social impact of food loss raises a question: can we provide alternatives to compensate for an industrial system that generates waste to protect profit margins? To tackle this issue locally, we started Ungraded Produce LLC, a produce delivery service serving the greater Durham, NC area. Ungraded features an unconventional product portfolio—in line with our stance against waste, we source produce from farmers that do not meet the appearance standards to sell in commercial markets, colloquially known as “ugly produce.” Customers can purchase a subscription online for a weekly basket of produce, delivered to their doorstep. We price our produce 30% lower than grocery store comparables.

As a Durham-based venture, Ungraded also addresses local food insecurity. When purchasing a subscription, customers have the option to pledge a recurring amount to provide a food insecure family with free baskets of produce. In Durham County alone, 52,000 out of 270,000 people are food insecure, and we want to play a role in reducing this alarming statistic.

Ultimately, our model addresses core issues in the industrial food system. First, it provides farmers with a monetary incentive to divert their oddly shaped produce towards value adding activities. Additionally, it addresses two main barriers to supermarkets in food insecure communities: cost and the need for transportation. At Ungraded, we value more than traditional measures of profitability and consider social and environmental impact.

• Saranya Ranganathan, Trinity 2017, [email protected]
• Courtney Bell, Trinity 2017, [email protected]
• Location: Durham, NC
• Track: Other Products & Services
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